The Meta Network for Ph.D. Diversity emerged from a strategic national meeting held in May 2010 at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with representatives from foundations, educational associations, universities, governmental agencies and others, who are involved with improving the rates of retention, attrition and graduation for people from historically underrepresented populations, those who are on the path towards, candidates for, or have received, a Ph.D. Our goals:
- Creating connectivity and collaboration among national institutions and organizations seeking to increase the diversity of those with Ph.D.s.
- Increasing knowledge-sharing among programs with complementary purposes, to enhance organizational and collective effectiveness.
- Exploring ways to increase access to information for members of historically underrepresented populations who may wish to apply to Ph.D. programs.
- Offering professional and career development opportunities, including support and mentorship, to individuals from historically underrepresented populations pursuing or holding Ph.D.s.
Key Focus Areas
- Leadership Development
- Legal and Policy Briefings
- Communicating Diversity Value & Benefits
- Outreach Strategies
- Program Practices
- Research and Evaluation
- Advancing Professional and Career Development